At Adau originated in Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.
The group started as an ambiance traditional contemporary world music band in June 2014 driven by the spirit of traditional Sape’ tunes blended with traditional percussion from the different tribes in Borneo such as Bidayuh, Iban, and Orang Ulu.
AT ADAU combines the traditional Bornean sounds of the Sape’(traditional lute from Orang Ulu) together with traditional drum and percussion such as Perutong (Bamboo Zither from Bidayuh tribe), Beduk & Kidibad (drum from Bidayuh tribe), Tekebung (drum from Iban tribe) and blend with modern instrument such as drum set, electric and bass guitar. AT ADAU experiments with the fusion of modern and traditional instruments to create innovative and timeless music.
The name AT ADAU comes from the combination of words from two Bornean languages. AT refers to “roots” in the Bidayuh tribe’s language, and ADAU in the Kenyah dialect is the name of the preferred tree used to craft the Sape’, a traditional stringed instrument of Borneo. AT ADAU believes that music has the power to overcome all the walls and barriers of culture, gender, age, language, and ideological differences. AT ADAU musical creations do not only represent their feelings and expressions but also reflect peace, serenity, appreciation for nature and a deep love and harmony between people around the world, regardless of cultural backgrounds, races, and boundaries.